Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
Who says meat and potatoes have to be boring? Chicken Vesuvio is a classic Italian-American dish that is best known as a specialty in Chicago. It’s such a great comforting dish that actually brings on a ton of flavor, thanks in part to the wine and the dried herbs. I also love that it’s all made in just one pan – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Traditionally, you’ll often see this dish finished with green peas for color. My spin is that I love to add frozen or canned artichoke hearts! They soak up the creamy wine and herb sauce in such a delicious way, and I think it imparts a really amazing flavor and texture to the whole dish.
Giada's Chicken Vesuvio
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 chicken thighs with skin and bones
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes halved
- 4 large garlic cloves minced
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 8 ounces frozen artichoke hearts or 1 cup frozen lima beans thawed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Heat the oil in large ovenproof pot over high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Working in 2 batches if necessary, cook the chicken in the pot until golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl. Carefully add the potatoes to the same pot and cook until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the wine and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the broth, oregano, and thyme. Return the chicken to the pot. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Cover and bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Arrange the potatoes around chicken. Add the artichoke hearts to the sauce in the pot. Cover and simmer over high heat until the artichokes are tender, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Turn heat to low. Stir in the butter. Pour the sauce over chicken and potatoes, and serve.